As an unabashed supporter of the Second Amendment right for citizens to bear arms, The Motley Monk has oftentimes wondered how it is possible that otherwise very well-intentioned and pretty bright people actually believe that restricting that right will necessarily decrease gun violence. Licensed gun owners who use their firearms wisely and judiciously act as a potent force to deter aggressors.
For evidence, look no further than the City of Chicago, which under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, boasts some of the most stringent gun restrictions in the nation. Yet, those restrictions--stringent as they are--haven't stemmed the tide of gun-related violence in Second City. Each Monday morning, the mainstream media reports on the number of people shot and killed.
The simple fact is that gun-related violence and the number of resulting deaths have gone up despite those restrictions...to the point that the Governor of Illinois is considering calling in the National Guard to protect the innocent.
The following video offers a primer in Second Amendment history. For some reason, this primer (even in its shorter form) hasn't been broadcast on the mainstream media.